Spotlight on St. Mary’s Arts Council Artists: David Constantine
Our September Spotlight shines brightly on the photographer David Constantin!
David considers himself lucky that he has been able to do what he loves as a professional photographer for most of his career, including six years in the United States Navy and another five years as a photography entrepreneur. After moving to Lexington Park, Maryland, he also owned his own studio for over a decade and was employed by three nationally recognized companies, including Lifetouch, Inc.
David’s artistic inspirations come from many different sources, especially those from trips abroad. Despite the past year and a half of limited travel due to COVID-19, Constantine has fond memories (and thousands of pictures!) Of visits to other countries. South Africa and Kenya were his two favorites, where he was able to photograph a wide range of animals up close in their natural habitat.
Other memorable trips included adventures to Paris, London (for a Rolling Stones concert!) And Rome, Italy. More recently (and before COVID), David’s last adventure was in Vietnam. In the “so near” future, he hopes to visit the massive temple sites and architectural wonders of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the breathtaking ruins of the Inca Empire at Machu Picchu in Peru, and take a trip back to Israel.
David’s work is regionally focused as well, as he skillfully captured serene waterways, historic lore and even the simplest of everyday landscapes he found reflecting the many facets of southern Maryland’s beauty. . More than just images captured in a fleeting moment, our artist sees his profession as a kind of recording and narration, with a story to be told behind each click of his camera.
After years of working only with film and the often enjoyable (but tedious) demands of further development and much more complex editing processes, David discovered that his current cameras have given a whole new lease of life to his form. ‘art. He became absolutely fascinated by the digital revolution in photography and the endless possibilities associated with it, as well as the blazing speed of being able to capture, view and edit his images.
Yet with a full darkroom in color and black and white, David spent hours processing and printing a single image. Some of his photos were taken with his old cameras (of which he is a collector) of which he processes the used sheets of paper by hand.
Constantine has now developed his own flair which sometimes involves changing an image to a style representative of the representation of the photo as an actual painting, similar to that of an oil or watercolor medium. He also transformed his images into linear graphic representations, transforming a fairly ordinary subject into the extraordinary, and dabbled in the production of photo books and newspapers.
Apart from his art form, David is involved in his church and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He says that until now his wonderful wife still seems to adore him, regardless of his zeal for off the beaten track trips and the countless hours spent behind the camera and in front of the computer as he perfects his craft.
Having undertaken renovation projects around the house, David has learned skills such as the ability to update and refresh the kitchen, build a working shed, and even rebuilt a few car engines in the past. However, he professes that all the other projects in his house and garage don’t even come close to the pleasure he felt with his photography work.
Shine on David, we can’t wait to see you at an upcoming event in town!
To learn more about our featured artist, be sure to visit his website: daveseye.viewbug.com
David’s work is currently on display until October 11, 2021 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum located at 22156 Three Notch Rd, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Visit www.paxmuseum.com for days / hours of operation and additional information about the museum.